November 11, 2005
Mallards, Great Blue Heron on Little Fresh Pond

A Great Blue Heron that has been seen recently on the banks of Fresh Pond near the Weir Meadow, was hanging out this afternoon on the north shore of Little Fresh Pond. Here the heron is ignoring a male and female mallard. The string of long yellowish objects in the water are tubes of cocoanut fibers called "coir fascines", that are used as stabilizers in wetland restoration. Little Fresh Pond and the land around it is about to undergo a major restoration designedt to correct erosion, soil compaction, the invasion of exotic plant species, and water quality problems.